The Anne Sullivan Centre provides residential, outreach and day services to adults who are deafblind with multisensory impairments. We are looking to engage enthusiastic and energetic Volunteer Activity and Outreach Supporters to provide support to our Service Users so they can live full and active lives and be active participating members of their own community. Volunteers can also help our service users to attain personal goals, develop new skills and build a positive sense of self through companionship and a variety of activities.
Overview of the Volunteer Activity Supporter Role
The Volunteer Activity Supporter will be matched with an Anne Sullivan Centre Service User who they will support to participate in their shared activities of interest or area of need. These activities can include arts and crafts, cooking, computer skills, walks, athletics, music, trips to cafes, hospital appointments, driving, yoga ,swimming or educational activities. Anne Sullivan Centre staff will be on hand to provide support and assistance to the volunteer and service user throughout activities.
Skills , Experience and Qualities required
- Be over 18 years of age
- A keen interest in some of the activities listed above
- Ability to relate well to people
- An interest in learning Sign language and Augmentative communication
- A good level of spoken English or Irish Sign Language
- An interest in supporting people with disabilities to live full and active lives
- A commitment to the ethos of volunteering
- A patient and understanding attitude
A minimum commitment of 2 hours a week would be expected. We can be flexible around your schedule as necessary. The times of visits will be agreed with Team leaders in advance.
We are based in Brewery Road, Stillorgan. The Volunteer Activity Supporter can provide support in the Service User's home, day service or local community. Activities outside the home will normally also be supported by an Anne Sullivan Centre staff member.
Benefits to the Volunteer
- Personal development
- Opportunity to help people with disabilities achieve their goals
- Reimbursement of any out of pocket expenses on submission of receipts
- Learn new skills including sign language and augmentative communication
- An opportunity to help people learn new skills in your area of interest
- Induction and Training
- Support and Supervision
- Respect and acknowledgement as making a valuable contribution to the organisation
If you are interested in joining our team of Volunteers please contact Stephen Sheppard (Volunteer Coordinator ) by email at email@example.com or phone 0864034578 for more information before 28th Feb 2019
All our Volunteer positions are subject to reference checks and Garda Clearance